Encounter with Nandbabh
(Mr. N.N. Moza, formely Deputy director Sericulture
Department J&K State and presently living at
1750-A, Sector-6, Karnal, Haryana and a staunch
devotee of Swami Nand Lal Ji writes that he had a
few occasions to watch this great saint of Kashmir
from close quarters. A few episodes which
impressed him most about the hidden powers of
Nandbabh are narrated hereunder - authors)
According to his behaviour one could easily infer
that the duty assigned to Swami Ji by the
spiritual fraternity was the defence of the
borders of the Valley. I saw him often hoisting a
flag like rod in between the stones on the hillock
of Hariparbat and saluting it like an army
officer. He used to dress himself like an officer
in the army having a belt round his waist and a
hat on his head.
Immediately after the raiders were driven out of
Kashmir during the winter of 1947 one day I along
with some of my colleagues were returning to our
homes from Silk Factory Office. On reaching near
Gapatyar we saw a crowed near the gate of the
temple. Pushing our way through the crowd we saw
Swami Ji in a furious mood thrashing a villager
who had sold charcoal and was returning home. Both
Hindus and Muslims in the crowd were advising the
villager to bear it patiently as he was being
liberated of some curse. Swami Ji was asking why
he had come back when he was once thrown out.
Nobody could understand what Swami Ji meant.
However, after some time Swami Ji left the spot
and the crowd disapeared. In the evening when I
switched on my radio for listening to the news the
first item broadcast revealed that some raiders
had infiltrated the border in Tehsil Handwara and
were beaten back by the army clearing the entire
area by the evening that day. This had a clear
connection with Swami Ji's spiritual power
regarding border defences.
In my official capacity as Deputy Director of
Sericulture incharge Srinagar District in early
sixties (1962-64) I along with my assistant were
once touring the area of Ganderbal. When we
reached the village Nunar my assistant who was a
Muslim suggested that we pay obeisance to Swami Ji.
I agreed and we went to his house. After paying
our respects to him we started leaving when
suddenly a person, said to be swami Ji's brother,
requested us to sanction some dead mulbary
trees/wood for the use of Swami Ji. On hearing
this Swami Ji lost his temper and cried hoarse
telling his brother as to why he was telling
Government servants to do what was not legally
During the same period i.e. sixtees Swami Ji paid
a few surprise visits to my residence at Wazirbagh
and was kind enough to write a few chits in
Urdu/Persian which I hold with me. (Appendix B).
is is said that during his early yours Swami Ji
had served as a Patwari which job he gave up in
pursuit of his spiritual bliss).
regards the interpretation of these chits in
Urdu/Persian given to Shri Moza sahib, he writes
that there were indirect references about finances
etc. e.g. in some slips he mentions the word
"Khazanchi" (Cashier). According to Mr.
Moza's faith in Swami Ji he feels that he has
never fallen short of money for his day to day
expenditure or at the time of his chidrens'
marriages etc. Similarly in one or two chits he
had written Jammu and Kathua and same year he was
transferred to Jammu province with district Kathua
as a part of his jurisdiction.
Moza has expressed his inability to interpret and
remember the significance of each and every chit
issued by Swanmi Ji but he feels that every chit
had a meaning and significance and must have been
related to his and his family members' ambitions,